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Old 09-05-2013, 12:00 AM   #1
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Default Laextremes 2012 SWP WRX--Custom work is the name of the game

Sup guys, im Cody. Been meaning to make a build thread, just haven't gotten round to it, so here goes.

Purchased the car in April of 2012. Bone stock base model wrx in Mobile, Alabama at Koby Subaru.

--July 2012--
Few months later i picked up a Nameless performance axleback muffler delete. Made the car sound extremely aggressive and really brought out the famous subbie rumble. Around this same time i tinted my tailights at my dads bodyshop where i work.

--January 2013--
Next up i was getting used to the stock suspension and how it handled. I also wanted to lower it substansially, yet keep it functional. I decided on a set of BC Racing coilovers would do the trick. They are considered an entry level coilover in the subaru world, yet for the price they were single adjustable and came with adjustable top hats for added camber. This was a plus for me as it would save me from purchasing them seperately as i would be autocrossing the car and i would need the front camber.

--March 2013--
One of the bigger problems of owning a AWD car is the drivetrain play. Unlike FWD cars and RWD cars excess power cannot be released through wheelspin. This basically makes the engine and tranny move a crap ton and feel very sloppy. So i ordered up some stiffer motor mounts, tranny mounts, steering rack bushings, and a pitch stop mount along with a short throw shifter. All of these mounts made a drastic difference in how the car felt when driving aggressively.

--May 2013--
The stock power on the WRX is pretty decent. Decent enough to get you in trouble with the law. But who am i to leave it stock? I crave stupid amounts of power and i took one of the first steps to gaining more power by getting a tsudo 3' downpipe and Cobb accessport with their OTS stage 2 map. If you dont know, downpipes and a tune make a HUGE difference on the WRX/STI's. By huge i mean a power jump from about 215 hp to the wheels to about 250-260 hp. The downpipe also made my Nameless axleback sound even more ridiculously aggressive and loud. Did i mention this thing is loud? And its only going to get louder. See the Future mods section. I also got my stock brake calipers powder coated red around this same time.

--August 2013--
For now i am content with the power, but i still wanted to actually here the turbocharger on my turbocharged car. As if pressing the as pedal didnt remind me, i wanted to here it spool and the rest of its lovely noises. All the Cold air intakes on the market were in the $250++ price range. Im sorry but im not about to pa that much for 20'' of piping and a filter. You will soon find about about me that i love making custom and one off parts. Well i got online, orderd up some aluminum piping and a MAF mount and made my own. Turbo nioses and blow pass valve noise for days.

--August 2013--
Over the course of the past 8 months i had been working on a custom rear diffuser. What spawned the idea was that there are only 2 companies that make one that fits the 2011+ wrx/STI sedans. Varis makes a full carbon and half carbon half fiberglass unit that go for $1900 and $1400 respectively. Another company, HT Autos out of the UK makes this thin flimsy plastic molded pos they call a diffuser for $350. I wasn't paying $1000+ for a diffuser, or settling for that ****ty plastic pos, so i decided to make my own.
The final product is made of out 4 layers of fiberglass and pianted flat black.

--September 2013--
I was tired of my stock wheels being sunken in from being lowered and just looking goofy, so i got some 25mm bolt on wheel spacers that drastically changed how the car looks. Much more agressive and fitting to the car.

---Mod list---

-Exterior-
Cs style lip
Semigloss black painted roof
Fender side badges painted black
Rear tailights tined
Grill painted semigloss black
SPT carbon trunk trim
Powdercoated red OEM brake calipers
Perrin Shorty antenna

-Interior_
WC Lathewerks delrin piston style shift knob
Bride Zeta iii Cusco Edition
Sparco Seat side mounts
Sparco Seat slider
Sparco seat base
Color matched radio bezel and interior door trim

-Suspension-
Bc Racing Br type Coilovers
Whiteline 24mm front swaybar
Whiteline 22mm rear sway bar
Whiteline rear swaybar braces
Whiteline steering rack bushings
Whiteline antilift kit race ver.
Whiteline roll center adj. kit
Whiteline rear diff front mount
Whiteline rear diff rear mount

-Drivetrain-
Group N Transmission mounts
Group N motor mounts
Whiteline shift kit
Kartboy Shifter bushings
Cobb Shortthrow shifter


-Engine-
Custom 3.5" catback
Tsudo 3' catless downpipe
Grimmspeed EWG upipie
Turbosmart 45mm External Wastegate
Grimmspeed Electronic Boost Controller
AEM Drop in panel filter
PTP Turbo Blanket
Turbosmart Kompact Blow Pass Valve
Gold Foil wrapped stock intercooler end tanks
Killer B motosport oil pickup tube
Motul Fluids









Wrx under oak tree by lawrx, on Flickr


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WRX and Si by lawrx, on Flickr


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Perfect OEM widebody by lawrx, on Flickr



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Red Calipers by lawrx, on Flickr


Subbie and oak trees by lawrx, on Flickr


Product Development by lawrx, on Flickr


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Old 09-05-2013, 12:01 AM   #2
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DSC_0395 by lawrx, on Flickr


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DSC_0400 by lawrx, on Flickr


Future Mods
--Custom Do-luck style trunk
--Custom front spiltter
--Custom Wilwood big brake kit
--Forged short block
--Air Lift Performance Air bags
--Takata Harnesses
--Custom larger turbo setup
--Voltex type 1 wing w/ custom active aero setup
--Custom metal widebody
--Varis front bumper
--some form of custom side mirrors

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Old 03-20-2014, 01:14 PM   #3
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Any updates?
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Old 03-24-2014, 12:29 PM   #4
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Any updates?
Been extremely busy, and havent had time to update the thread. But i will shortly.
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Old 03-24-2014, 12:43 PM   #5
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Sounds pretty cool, I would like to some full-on booty shots of that diffuser, though. Looks like the two pics that may display that are "currently unavailable"
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Old 03-24-2014, 12:48 PM   #6
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Sounds pretty cool, I would like to some full-on booty shots of that diffuser, though. Looks like the two pics that may display that are "currently unavailable"
im not sure why, thats odd. Its currently off right now as i need to finish smoothing it. Ill see if i have any others for ya.
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Old 03-24-2014, 12:52 PM   #7
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Old 03-24-2014, 05:33 PM   #8
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I always forget. what did u make the diffuser out of?
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Old 03-24-2014, 05:42 PM   #9
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I always forget. what did u make the diffuser out of?
Fiberglass. Attempted wet carbon fiber, but with no luck. Id like to eventually make an oven be able to do dry carbon.
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Old 03-26-2014, 05:08 PM   #10
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Alright big update, see if i can remember everything ive done since the last update.

--Decemberish 2013--

Purchased a bride Zeta 3 Cusco edtion. Its mounted on Sparco side brackets, base, and sliders. Absolutely love how it feels, slightly cumbersome to get in and out of, but not having to worry about bracing my self in hard cornering makes it such a more pleasure to drive.



--February 2014--

I finally bit the bullet and ordered a set of wheels. Ive always loved Rays Magnesium blue and i found a set through ravspec on some Rays GRamlights 57drs in 18x9.5 +38 offset in mag. blue. I ended up waiting a month for the tires to come in as they were on backorder. The tires are Bridgestone Potenza RE760's in 275/35/18. There is an ever so slight pinch to the sidewall giving a nice meaty look, and i love it.












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Old 03-26-2014, 09:28 PM   #11
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Those new wheels are so dope Cody! I'm jealous seeing how your car is coming along. Won't be changing anything about my car until I finish grad school.

-vishnu
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Old 03-26-2014, 09:35 PM   #12
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im really diggin how those wheels look on your car. good choice
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Old 03-27-2014, 01:49 AM   #13
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Thanks guys. I absolutely love the wheels. And Vishnu hang in their man. Will be worth the wait.
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Old 03-27-2014, 11:52 AM   #14
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I currently have on order
-Killer B Oil pickup tube
-Killer B Radiator shroud
-PTP Turbo Blanket
-Gold Heat reflective tape
-Cusco BRZ wide Accelerator pedal
-AEM Drop in panel filter

Trying to get ready for the hot autox and track day summer ahead. Hoping to get out on the track for the first time this summer.
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Old 03-27-2014, 12:05 PM   #15
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Been looking at these exact tires for a while but haven't seen any on a car yet. Looks awesome! Do you have any pictures of the full tread view of the tire? Just trying to see how wide they actually look.
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Old 03-27-2014, 12:41 PM   #16
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This picture actually makes them look slightly wider than they actually are. On an 9.5" wheel they have a slight pinch in the sidewall. Id say a 265/35 in this tire would sit perfectly square.

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Old 03-27-2014, 12:48 PM   #17
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Those wheels look amazing, I'm a hatch guy but your sedan makes my mind wander.
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Old 03-27-2014, 01:05 PM   #18
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Those wheels look amazing, I'm a hatch guy but your sedan makes my mind wander.
Thanks! i originally want a wrb hatch. But there werent any in my area at the time and i kinda fell in love with the white pearl. glad i got the sedan.
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Old 03-27-2014, 02:54 PM   #19
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Very Nice Indeed
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Old 03-27-2014, 03:04 PM   #20
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Nice WRX man!
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Old 03-27-2014, 05:32 PM   #21
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Thanks guys!
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Old 03-28-2014, 04:01 PM   #22
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Few goodies came in today. Ill be putting them on after work to day. Gold reflective tape will be going on the Intercooler end tanks, Part of the oem air box, and possibly part of the turbo side of the intake manifold. Cant hurt, espescially in the hot summer heat we get her down in the south.

Ill be putting the killer-b oil pickup tube on at the next oil change.

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Old 03-31-2014, 11:33 AM   #23
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Put the Gold reflective tape on my airbox and stock intercooler this weekend, along with a Turbosmart blow pass valve. Will update later with pictures from my good camera.







Also got in the rest of the stuff i ordered this morning
-PTP turbo blanket
-Cusco wide gas pedal
-Perrin shorty antenna
-Killer B Radiator shroud

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Old 04-01-2014, 10:57 PM   #24
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Some better pictures of the few things i did this weekend to the car.






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Old 04-04-2014, 01:56 PM   #25
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Just picked up the Alumlite at a local sign sop to construct my front splitter from. I will be using boxed aluminum to create a frame on the upper side of the Alumalite to support the downforce it will be creating. I also just ordered a set of the JDM OEM underpanels that run the length of the car between the wheels. These coupled with the front splitter and rear diffuser i made im hoping for some overall downforce. I have a few ideas of how to measure the suspension travel and compare as to whether im getting any if any at at downforce once everything is in and on. Really excited to start the aero development of my car, even tho ive yet to make track days a common thing.http://www.japanparts.com/db/parts_d...=&SEARCH_page=

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